Ensuring Safety When a Salesperson Comes By Your Home

In a new report, the Better Business Bureau explains the ways that citizens can remain safe if an individual ever arrives at their doorstop to pedal their wares.  The organization knows that the possibility of such is greater amid summer weather, and they want consumers to be safe from potential frauds.  Residents are advised to speak with the individual from behind a locked door prior to opening that door.  If a glass door is available, it’s smart to have the seller provide photo identification and paperwork indicating that they have a license to sell whatever it is they’re selling.  Finally, if you feel unsafe or like an offer simply sounds too good to be true, simply say “No Thank You” or opt not to answer the door in the first place.

For more tips, follow this link.

Tracoe Mini Tracheostomy Tubes Recalled Due to Labeling Error

Tracoe Mini Three Millimeter Tracheostomy Tubes are being recalled by Bryan Medical because of a labeling error that could create an injury hazard.  Instead of the contents of the product including a neonatal tube, there’s a chance that it could actually contain a pediatric tube.  Although the inner diameters of these items are both supposed to be three millimeters, the full length of the pediatric tube is 4 mm longer and thus could harm an infant’s trachea, an issue that could prompt serious adversity.  The items, which were made available to medical personnel between April 9 and 12 of this year, should be sent back to Bryan Medical.  A new version of the product not suffering from the labeling error will be provided.

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CHP Enlists Helicopter Crew to Boost California Mid-State Fair Safety

This week will see the California Mid-State Fair pulling in visitors by the thousands, and the California Highway Patrol wants to make sure that they’re ready to tackle any safety issues that could arise.  To that end, they will be utilizing the services of their sole Central Coast helicopter crew to monitor traffic patterns in and out of the fair.  The department has already reported early success with the helicopter, which has thus far been able to assist with medical evacuations and Highway 101 accident responses.  A flight paramedic explains that fair visitors should take the proper precautions in the midst of heavy fair traffic.  That includes monitoring speed, wearing a seatbelt, and avoiding texting or talking on a cellphone.

For more information, follow this link.

Road Debris Creates Numerous Hazards in Los Angeles County

A new report attempts to get Los Angeles and indeed all California drivers to recognize the threat posed by debris along the road.  A Caltrans Public Information Officer explains that dump trucks pick up debris adding up to millions of pounds’ worth of items just at the LA county level.  These products can range from the relatively small, like shoes and microwaves, to larger items such as mattresses, ovens, and other large furniture.  Drivers are advised not just to look out for such debris, but also for the California Highway Patrol officer or public official tasked with getting it out of the way.  Vehicle operators who spot recently ejected debris are asked to slow their vehicles and get over if safe to do so.  If you collide with the debris or feel that it poses a safety threat, call 911 to report the incident.

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Laceration Risk Leads to Recall of 2,500 Cases of Square Mile Cider

2,500 cases of Hard Cider sold in Washington, California, and Oregon are being recalled by the Square Mile Cider Company because of a potential laceration issue that could exist.  Each affected bottle of Original or Spur & Vine Hopped Cider would have been packaged prior to May 15 of this year.  The bottles are in danger of shattering because the contents could be undergoing fermentation anew.  This could harm a user and cause the product to taste odd.  Owners are being advised to throw out the affected beverage as soon as possible.  No reports of an injury have become known at this time, and those with concerns are being advised to get in touch with the company.

For more about the recall, click here.

States Curbing Distraction In Myriad Ways, According To The GHSA

The Governors Highway Safety Association has released a new study that examines the state of distracted driving laws in place throughout the country, and the results show that officials everywhere are taking steps to curtail the threat, even if they’re doing so in different ways.  The organization points out that South Carolina, Arizona, and Montana are the only holdouts to having a distracted driving law of some type on the books.  However, various cities within those states have enacted their own measures, and it’s often possible to pull a driver over anyway if their distracting action leads to a reckless maneuver that would itself be deemed illegal.  The report also acknowledges the dramatic jump in texting and driving bans and the various awareness efforts that have been enacted to cut down on distraction.

For more about this study, click here.

Connecticut Enacts Stricter Laws Against Cellphone Driving

Two separate measures that aim to curtail distraction at the wheel have been signed into law by the governor of Connecticut.  At the moment, talking on a handheld cellphone can only prompt a ticket from the officer if the vehicle is actually in transit.  The new law would change things so that a driver could be pulled over and slapped with a ticket even if the automobile is stopped at a stop sign, traffic light, or traffic snarl.  The other law ratchets up the fines currently in place in regard to the cellphone ban.  In addition, a point system will be created that allows insurance companies to raise premiums once a texting and driving ticket is issued.

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100,000 Tires Recalled By Michelin Due to Air Pressure Loss Risk

100,000 tires are being recalled by Michelin for a safety issue that could find the tires suffering from perforated sidewalls.  Although only 2,500 tires are thought to be affected by the potential defect, Michelin has gone ahead and issued this recall on Latitude Tour, LTX M/S2, and X Radial LT2 tires in order to fix those units which are affected.  No incidents have been reported yet in association with the defect, which if made manifest, can cause air pressure to emanate from the unit.  Persons whose vehicles carry these tires are being advised to drop in to a Michelin dealer to seek out free replacements.  To find out if their tires are affected, consumers are being asked to identify the tire’s date based off of the sidewall code and to compare it with a list of affected units.

For more about this recall, click here.

Crash Risk Prompts Yamaha to Recall 3,900 Bolt Motorcycles

Bolt motorcycles of the 2014 model year are being recalled by the Yamaha Motor Company due to a problem that could find the wiring harness sagging or experiencing excessive slack.  3,900 vehicles are potentially impacted by the issue, which could see the wires in the aforementioned harness melting if the slack is sufficient so as to allow the component to touch the exhaust manifest.  This could cause a short circuit which may lead to a blown fuse.  A stalling engine then becomes a possibility along with the attendant crash threat that poses.  The recall should start by month’s end, so owners should be on the lookout for a notification.  Dealers will initiate free repairs once the motorcycles are brought in.

For more about the recall, follow this link.

8,700 Infant Varsity Jackets Recalled By Macy’s Over Choking Threat

The New York City-based Macy’s Merchandising Group has announced the recall of 8,700 First Impressions Varsity Jackets for infants.  These snap-up hooded jackets, which have a style number of 1300, were sold by either Military Exchanges or Macy’s between September and November of last year.  The jackets have snaps that are in danger of being dislodged and thus the infant outfitted with the jacket could choke on the snap if they get ahold of it.  Thankfully, no injurious incidents have been reported at this time, and to ensure that continues, owners are being asked not to dress their kids in the jackets.  Instead, the jackets can be brought to Macy’s or Military Exchanges for a refund.

For more about the recall, follow this link.

Connecticut Pilot Program Attempts To Improve Elder Safety

Connecticut is looking to airline and hospital official training regimens as a platform from which to put together a pilot program which aims to improve safety in nursing homes.  The TeamSTEPPS for Long Term Care pilot program will seek to remove a manner of thinking that causes nursing home employees to work with blinders.  Instead, the new training program will place an emphasis on approaching care as a team.  Hospitals that have adapted similar mechanisms have been able to tout a drop in patient stays, drug-related adversity, and operating room nursing turnover.  Simple measures which can improve safety include having an overall staff meeting at the beginning of the day and taking a moment prior to a procedure to verify all available information.  The hope is that these kinds of tactics, when applied to nursing homes, will allow for safer environments for the elderly.

For more information, follow this link.

GHSA Study Illuminates Distracted Driving Laws Across The Country

A new report references a Governors Highway Safety Association study that took a look at the various laws states have enacted in regards to distracted driving.  With nine out of citizens across the country having a cellphone and half of the country in possession of a Smartphone, the issue will only continue to grow in importance.  The study’s lead author said that most states are at the very least making some strides in fighting this epidemic,  especially among the country’s youngest drivers.  Many states that have yet to ban texting or talking on a phone are at least enacting various educational efforts and mandates affecting employees.  37 states don’t allow teen drivers to use phones, but only 11 states have made the leap to ban all handheld cellphone usage among all drivers.

Click here for more about states’ various efforts.

Consumer Reports Urges Pet Safety Amid Intense Heat

Consumer Reports is explaining the precautions that pet owners have to take in order to protect their animals from the threat of heat exhaustion and heatstroke.  They point out that obese dogs, those with a lot of fur, and those short-snouted pets like pugs and bulldogs are particularly susceptible to this threat.  Although walks are acceptable, they should be avoided or severely limited when the weather is at its hottest.  And just like it’s important to never leave kids in a hot car for even a short period of time, pets require the same safety precautions.  Dogs don’t sweat the way we do, and thus it takes hardly any time at all for a serious health issue to set in.  If you believe your animal may have incurred heatstroke, keep it cool with wet towels or a hose.  Let it lick ice cubes and bring it into a vet if necessary.

For more safety tips, follow this link.

Airbag Issue Prompts Recall of Grand Caravans and Town & Countrys

Dodge Grand Caravan and Town & Country vehicles of the 2013 model year have been recalled by Chrysler because of an issue that could compromise the proper deployment of the airbags.  184 of these vehicles could have the wrong software placed into the occupant restraint control module.  This brings the automobiles out of compliance with federal regulations encompassing airbags, as the airbags on these vehicles might go off improperly or simply fail to go off at all.  The recall should start by next month, at which time owners will start to receive notification from Chrysler.  A replacement of the affected module will be carried out by dealers at no cost to owners.

For more about the recall, click here.

Whittier Police Cracking Down on Motorcycle Endangerment This July

The remainder of the month of July will see officers with the Whittier Police Department cracking down on those persons whose actions contribute to safety threats among motorcyclists.  The operation is set to target such things as drunk driving, improper lane changing, and speeding.  Special attention will also be placed on motorcyclists who neglect to wear a helmet and any driver whose actions run afoul of the mandated right of way.  Since 2009, Whittier has seen 87 motorcycle accidents that contributed to three fatalities and 78 injuries.  The police believe that a better economy brings more new riders out on the road, and they suggest that such parties get the proper training from a class like the California Motorcyclist Safety Program.

For more about the crackdown, follow this link.

2,300 LED Lanterns Recalled By Washington Company Over Fire Risk

Around 2,300 UCO Arka LED Lanterns are being recalled by the Tukwila, Washington-based Industrial Revolution because of a potential fire threat posed.  These multipurpose lantern, USB chargers, and flashlights have a wall charger that’s in danger of sustaining a failure, an issue that could prompt a fire.  No instances of such have come to the fore at this time.  The products, which were only available in April and May of this year from REI, should not be charged.  Instead, the aforementioned chargers should be removed from the wall.  Owners are being advised to get in touch with REI to obtain a new charger which shouldn’t suffer from the issue.

Follow this link for more about the recall.

Kids’ Jackets Recalled By 5 Star Kids Apparel Due to Entanglement Risk

The New York City-based 5 Star Kids Apparel has announced the recall of Mecca-branded children’s hooded jackets sized 2T to XL.  Six styles of the long sleeve jackets are impacted by the recall, which was issued because of the existence of toggled drawstrings around the neck and the bottom of the jackets.  As such, the clothing violates regulations set forth by the federal government in 2011 as a means to reduce the threat of entanglement or strangulation among children.  No such incidents have been reported in association with the estimated 48,000 jackets at this time, and to ensure that continues, the drawstrings and toggles should be removed and tossed out.  The items were available between August 2010 and March 2011.

Click here for more about the recall.

Bike Safety Stressed to El Centro, California Students

Around 80 children in the El Centro, California area were recently treated to a demonstration of bicycle safety put on by a member of the local police department at the library.  The officer enlisted the kids themselves to help him provide instructions about such things as laws, the proper equipment to wear, and the advisability of riding on the sidewalk.  He stressed the importance of basically riding a bike as if vehicle operators couldn’t see the rider, which is often the case.  One particularly enthusiastic student, whom the officer pegged as a star student for his knowledge of the topic prior to the event, explained the importance of affixing a light to the bike when riding at night.

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Official Seattle Bike Lane Buffer Prompted By Homemade Effort

Prompted by the unsanctioned creation of a bike lane buffer that was subsequently taken down, the city of Seattle has put the finishing touches on a buffer of its own making.  An anonymous group known as Reasonably Polite Seattleites had originally erected the buffer along Cherry Street beneath Interstate 5.  The group said that such a move was necessary in order to ride safely on that stretch of the road.  Although the buffer was removed by officials, the endeavor got the city thinking about the possibilities of installing a similar measure that met all necessary legal requirements.  That’s exactly what was completed this past Sunday.  However, a spokesperson for the Mayor explained that citizens as a rule shouldn’t take traffic management into their own hands.

For more about the safety improvement, follow this link.

Listeria Fears Lead to Recall of Hummus by Hagee Foods

Numerous varieties and brands of hummus are being recalled by Hagee Foods. Doing business as Penny’s Salsa, the company made the various recalled hummus products available for sale throughout Washington and Oregon between May 27 and July 14 of this year.  Each recalled product, which will have a Use By date between July 13 and August 25 and come in an eight or 12 ounce package (as well as a 1.5 ounce package on certain vegetable trays), could suffer from a Listeria monocytogenes contamination.  Department of Agriculture testing uncovered the problem, and owners are being instructed to take the hummus back to the store it was bought to get their money back.

Click here for the full list of recalled products.